A glass backsplash can do so much for a kitchen design. It’s practical: easy-to-clean, non-staining, and a breeze to maintain. With Dreamwalls’ custom color matching process, you can get the exact match to any color you wish, and create a unifying element to your design. But there are a few considerations when designing a back painted glass backsplash that can add to the final design and can help elevate it to become the crown jewel of your home.
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©Dreamwalls Linen Glass Backsplash – Installation by Anchor Ventana Glass
1) How long?
144 inches is the longest dimension offered by Dreamwalls Color Glass. If your run is longer, you’ll need to consider where you want your seams to fall and work that into your design. Seams can be sealed with silicone, and you may want them to be a part of your design. You’ll want to be sure any size will be able to fit though the doors and make the turns it needs to get installed into the space, as well. (I mention it only because it’s happened. Really.)
Dreamwalls© Color Glass
2) How high?
Consider something more interesting than the old-fashioned 4-inch height. Taking it all the way to the bottom of the upper cabinets may be the most sensible option for the design. But what about in areas without cabinets? Consider tying the edge line in to the window sash, or at some other visual break within the room. Or, consider making them extend all the way up to the ceiling for the biggest design impact. Having the glass line the wall behind the exhaust hood to the ceiling is certainly a striking statement in the above kitchen.
Dreamwalls© Custom Glass Backsplash – Installation by Anchor Ventana Glass
3) How many holes?
Outlets, light switch holes, and faucet holes, are all fabrication that adds expense, so they’re necessary to know for preparation of a proper quote. But ideally, you don’t want a seam to fall at one of these holes to draw excess visual attention to them. Consider adding matching glass outlet covers to further make these necessary elements “disappear”. We offer a huge variety of styles of outlets and switch plates and all combinations of the two – which can be painted to match the backsplash as well. A perfect finishing touch.
Dreamwalls© Color Glass True White Glass Back Splash
4) Tempered or annealed?
Tempering adds strength to the glass, but it’s often not necessary for most back splash installations since they are mounted to a solid surface. I say most, because there are times when tempering may make sense: when it is in very close contact to high heat, or when high impact is a very real possibility. Note on the one hand that tempering does add a moderate amount of expense and limits the ability of the glass installer to further fabricate the glass in the field. However, tempered glass is stronger which can can help insure safety during shipping and installation.
Tempered glass has been heat-treated by a process of gradually heating and cooling. Once a piece of glass has been tempered it cannot later be cut. If it breaks, it breaks into many small pieces. By most codes, all “punch through” types of installations must be tempered or laminated glass. Tempered glass has to come ready-to-install from us at time of order, so your measurements or CAD drawing needs to be as precise as possible. Make your desire for it clear to the contractor installing the glass.
Dreamwalls© Red Glass Backsplash
5) Permanent or Changeable?
Most glass back splashes are installed using an approved adhesive affixed to the wall. It’s sturdy and secure, but some clients may balk at the idea of permanence (However, a professional glass installer can remove glass panels even if they have been installed with adhesive by using special tools). An alternative installation is through the use of special glass grommets and screws, stand offs, or rosettes. The solid sheet of glass is fabricated with holes for installation using this method. It allows the panel to be removed or replaced in the future without adhesive. The holes need to conform to fabrication tolerances (which must conform to some minimums if the glass is tempered), and you’ll also need to be sure the screws are going into solid structure to hold the weight of the glass; so this method will need to be designed and communicated early into the project during measuring.
Answering all of the above questions early in your design process will make the installation smoother, and keep any unforeseen expenses from cropping up later. Interior glass is one of the last items to go into a space,….but it can’t wait until the last moment to think about its design. Glass backsplashes are a beautiful thing that can make all the difference in a space, and the design details are one of the keys. If we can answer any further questions about your backsplash project. Don’t hesitate to call us: 1-800-334-7267.